On my 26th birthday when I found out the Farro's were leaving Paramore, I was pretty devastated. No one (including the band) knew if Paramore would continue. Thankfully, they did. The 3 remaining members came together, grieved, and wrote this insanely awesome self-titled album. It went to #1 on Billboard. And finally, after 2.5 years, I got to see Paramore in concert again :) People think I'm silly for breaking up my work vacation to go to shows. But after this week I don't regret it one bit! Best vacation, and I disconnected from work so well! I am refreshed!
Tuesday morning I left my parents home in Fredericton and drove to Boston in 7 hours. I only stopped for Starbucks and gas/bathroom. I love driving and was so content and relaxed the whole way down. We stayed at a Best Western in the Brighton/Boston University area. It was nice enough, clean, and with free breakfast (which I never ate because sleep > food). It was also right next to a T Train stop. I wasn't there 10min and a bunch of my friends arrived :) 2 Americans and 2 Scotts! We wandered to CVS and waited for Dan to arrive before taking the T into downtown. We walked out of the Subway station on Boylston right to the Marathon finish line. Craaaazy. I always feel like I live so far away when tragedy happens, and then I'm right there. That evening we went to the Apple Store (biggest one in the USA!), Bolocos for Supper (yum!), Newbury Comics, Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt, and the Hard Rock Cafe for drinks. I was there in 2007 with Lorne, before the Hanson show :) Chriss was great at showing us around. We walked the Freedom Trail and she showed us all the sights. This day ended with a wonderful 9 hour sleep... I knew the next day would be tiresome!
Wednesday: show day 1! We went in early in the afternoon and met up with Dan & Dustin. We walked by the venue, and Paramore's bus. I had to buy Advil because I had gone and pulled a muscle the day before (way to be, Jen). Some of the others went adventuring around Boston again, but I knew a full day of walking + concert = I'd be dead. So I sat in line with Ross & Roisin, and met some fans I knew from online. When it got freezing I retreated to Starbucks for a hot green tea :) And bought my Boston Starbucks mug! I had Chipotle for supper but I was too nervous/excited to eat much. This happens sometimes :)
I went back to the venue around 5:30. There were a TON of people there. I met Nick who was also staying with us. We hung out by the doors since many of us had won either M&G or early entry (the latter for me). M&G went in on time, and just after 6:30pm the early entry people were allowed in, just as it started to rain. Ahhhh sweet. After waiting in the lobby for 5-10 min, we were let in, and I got on barricade stage left, in front of Jeremy. I purposely did not try for middle because Paramore crowds are MUCH more intense/pushy than Hanson ones. I have been front for Paramore once before and had to get pulled out before they even came on because I thought my ribs were going to break (Actually... I was in 2006 but it was a club show... doesn't count). Anna also taught me new tricks of how to beat the crowd, and it worked! So I am proud to say I stayed barricade for the whole show and had an AMAZING time!!!!
Kitten came on right at 8. They are... interesting. Not really my style but they put on one heck of a show. I liked the guys more than Chloe.... she's like way over-the-top, jumping on security guards and kicking their heads and such. And it's not like.... real singing. Anyway. It was fine. haha. They were done within 40min. And just after 9 Paramore came on!!
It was so nice for once to see everyone having FUN on stage! They all seemed so happy. Being right in front of Jeremy is great, he is so engaged with the crowd. They played 5 songs from the new album: "Moving On", "Ain't it Fun" (FAVORITE), "Fast in my Car", "Anklebiters" (where they bring fans on stage), and "Proof" (another favorite). I love how they started with the outro. It reminded me of 2006 with the Johnny Cash intro. Also starting with Misery Business is brilliant. Gets the crowd going right from the start. I had so much fun, dancing, jumping, singing along, screaming my head off, and even getting banged around a bit. The set was a comfortable 19 songs, just long enough but not so long you're wondering when it's going to end :) For the last song they had confetti canons and one was RIGHT in front of my face. I thought I was going to die haha. That night there was confetti coming out of me from everywhere when I got in the shower!
I will say one thing though.... I miss having a full band on stage that are members of the band. The drummer was okay.... but he's not Zac. He messed up a few times. And I don't know his name. And he hasn't been with them before, and next tour it might be someone different. Justin & Jon are different, they've been with them since 09/10. I need a drummer to connect with! I applaud Paramore for getting through these last 2 years and forging ahead. I know they're keeping it to 3 official members for now, but I am looking forward to the day when Paramore has a drummer in the official band that I can groove with and connect to.
Anyway, that is a minor thing. The show was FUN! And I was SO HAPPY I got to do another one the next day. First time doing back-to-back for Paramore, and I liked it. I also love the HOB in Boston. I was there in 2007 for Hanson when it was the Avalon. I loved it then and I love it now. Great sound, great standing areas, just great!!
After the show our crew walked a few blocks to a hot dog place I forget the name of.... always hungry after shows :) I had some fries and pop cause I was SO THIRSTY after that. I definitely lost 5lbs in sweat from that show. Gross. Then we rode the T back to our hotel and passed out :)
This is getting long... I'll blog about part 2 soon!